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2020 Ford Bronco Might Offer A Seven-Speed Stick: Report

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According to a new report from Jalopnik, the all-new, 2020 Ford Bronco off-road SUV might offer a seven-speed manual transmission, daring to embrace the stick shift at a time when ever more automakers are abandoning them in favor of advanced, efficient new automatics. The Bronco’s new manual gearbox will reportedly be dubbed the Ford “MT-88” – similar to the Ford Mustang‘s six-speed “MT-82” – and will come from Getrag.

Bozi Tatarevic – the journalist who authored the report on Jalopnik – did some digging and found evidence of a new Getrag program known internally as “6/7MTI550”. This very likely refers to the Ford Bronco’s future seven-speed stick, as it follows the same naming conventions as Ford’s MT-82, which internally was called “6MTI500” by Getrag. The last three characters appear to refer loosely to the typical max. torque capacity (in newton-meters) of the transmission, although documentation on Getrag’s own website shows that the 6MTI500 can in fact be built with a max. torque rating from 375 Nm (about 275 lb-ft), to beyond 550 Nm (405 lb-ft).

Nonetheless, the 6/7MTI550 ought to have a higher max. torque limit than the 6MTI500, with a 550-Nm cap by default, and its naming suggests that both six- and seven-speed versions of the transmission will be built. If Tatarevic’s sources are correct, and the 2020 Ford Bronco is indeed destined to get the seven-speed variant, it would make the off-roader one of just a handful of volume passenger cars with a seven-speed stick, with other examples including the Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911.

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More importantly, Ford’s apparent intent to offer a manual transmission in the 2020 Ford Bronco communicates that the automaker might just be serious about going head-to-head with Fiat Chrysler’s iconic Jeep Wrangler, which still offers a stick shift on certain models even in its brand-new “JL” iteration. Customers who end up ordering the new Bronco with a manual will undoubtedly be in the minority, but at the least, its presence as an option will communicate that the Blue Oval is as committed as ever to serving enthusiasts.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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    • Ford announced the return of the Bronco way before Chevrolet announced the Blazer. Ford announced the return of the Bronco at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2017 while the Blazer was announced Jun of 2018.

      • Yes, it’s been in the works long before Chevrolet blazer introduced. Let’s just hope Ford gets it right. Strong engine, great off road r capability. Two or four door, really doesn’t matter to me. Possible convertible (Fingers crossed)! Or at the very least have the hard top come off

  1. Is there any way to know exactly when the Bronco Adventurer is coming out…I have seen several different time frames…late 2019, early spring 2020 to fall 2020? I need a vehicle and wanted to wait on this Ford model but don’t know if I can depending on when it arrives.
    Thank you!

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